Offstage, Nika Roza Danilova AKA Zola Jesus is a bit quiet and diminutive but onstage she is like an explosion. In a live concert setting she lets her powerful yet ethereal presence and personality become unveiled and unfurled before the masses.
On Day 3 of Sasquatch, Zola and her backing band provided an immense combination of visual and sonic tapestries on the smaller Yeti stage. Her three piece outfit, consisting of a drummer, bassist and electric violinist, created some brilliant soundscapes and solid rhythm foundation – a perfect compliment to Zola’s almost Kate Bush like vocal styling.
Zola contorted and moved her body in perfect synchronicity with her progressive and theatric sound. This is an artist whose presence and voice is bigger than life. She deserves a larger stage and audience. Based on what we saw and heard, there is no doubt that is exactly what she will have in the future.